5 wonderfully bizarre sculptures in China
MOST monuments or sculptures in major cities have history, sentiment, or an event tied to it.
But just when you think you’ve seen it all, China goes ahead and builds a giant Chinese cabbage-shaped sculpture in Handan City.
TIME shared a video of the 20-meter-high, eight-meter-wide and 12-ton-weight Chinese cabbage-shaped sculpture being placed in the middle of the road.
The sculpture, made from fiber-reinforced plastic, was built in the Sanjiang Agriculture Science and Technology Expo Park.
But that’s far from the weirdest sculpture in China.
Lanzhou Beef Noodle
For the uninitiated, Lanzhou beef noodle is a well-known characteristic Lanzhou dish where all the noodles are hand-pulled.
Originating from Tang Dynasty, the delectable dish has won over domestic and international foodies due to its unique taste.
In 1999, Lanzhou beef noodle was promoted as “the number one Chinese noodle”, one of the three major Chinese fast-food varieties to be promoted.
The Lanzhou beef noodle structure stands at a height of 1.66-meters and weighs in at a whopping 1,666kgs.
In the border town between Mongolia and China, there are two Brontosauruses hovering over a highway for all to see.
Apparently, it was built to showcase the region’s reputation as a fossil hotspot.
Their long necks stretch towards each other until their mouths meet as if they’re snogging.
Located on either side of the main highway at Erenhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, they stand at 34 meters wide and 19 meters high. The span of the two dinosaurs reaches 80 meters.
Ring of Life
Which country thought that it’d be a fantastic idea to splurge US$15 million on a structure for no reason other than sightseeing? China.
The Fushun Municipal Government built a structure called the “Ring of Life”, which means “a round sky and a path leading to a paradise in heaven”.
Made from 3,000 tons of steel, visitors can take one of the four elevators to the top of the giant ring to enjoy a view of the city skyline.
This 157m-tall ring is decorated with 12,000 LED lights. Because they can.
Toilet Seat Waterfall
Last but not least, this strange structure in Foshan, a city in central Guangdong province in China.
Originally designed for the 2009 Foshan Pottery and Porcelain Festival, it was installed as a permanent piece of public art after the tradeshow was over.
Chinese artist Shu Yong spend two months working on the structure, using a mixture of unwanted factory seconds and materials donated by locals as well as foreigners.
The 100m-long and 5m-tall waterfall is made from thousands of toilet seats, sinks, and urinals that are actually connected to a tap so they can be flushed.